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FF – A Portal of Faerie Make

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Sandra Crook.

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Copyright Sandra Crook

 

It is said that some trees provide access to other worlds, even allowing entry to the faerie realm itself, a place of magic and wonder.

Thus, one dark and windy night two adventurers, with all due reverence, approached such a tree, fearful yet excited. What miracles awaited? What riches of body and soul?

The first reached out, tentatively, his companion nodding encouragement. Eyes wide, scarcely breathing, he touched the tree, almost a caress, reciting the ancient spell.

Then gave it a shove. Then a bit of a kicking.

“Arse. It’s just a tree.”

“Bollocks.”

“Pub?”

“Yeah.”

 

  1. October 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    And as they walked away the tree crept up and dropped a branch on them! Jest not with the faerie tree! 🙂

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    • October 19, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Just because it’s not granting them access, doesn’t mean it’s not the real deal 🙂

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  2. October 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Good choice of action. What a lovely tree though. It really should have worked!

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  3. October 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Haha! Did they read the spell off a toilet wall in the pub they were in earlier? Looks like they were already drunk before approaching the tree.

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    • October 19, 2017 at 6:54 am

      I think they might have! The tree’s probably in the pub car park.

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  4. October 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    They got away lucky.

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    • October 19, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Yep, they just don’t realise it.

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  5. October 18, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Ha, loved this, exactly my kind of story to read. Wonderful 🙂

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  6. October 18, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    The tree obviously did not appreciate the shoving and kicking. 😜

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    • October 19, 2017 at 6:55 am

      It’s never going to let them in after all that abuse 🙂

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  7. michael1148humphris
    October 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Seems like the tree knew them to well.

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  8. Lyn
    October 18, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Wonderful change of pace, D-Man. You’ve done it again 😀

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  9. October 19, 2017 at 1:52 am

    The answer to all unsolved problems is always the pub. Or the bar. The total solution.

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  10. October 19, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Hahhhaha. A great twist and a very fun read .
    You are gifted.🙂

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    • October 19, 2017 at 6:56 am

      I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

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  11. October 19, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Didn’t spend too long attempting to secure entrance to the other world then? It was ever thus. ;

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    • October 19, 2017 at 7:59 am

      One quick go, then down the pub 🙂

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  12. October 19, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Some people might think they had already spent too much time at the pub before they tried to use a tree as a portal…

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    • October 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

      In their minds it’s a solemn moment. To a casual observer it may have seemed otherwise as they staggered out for a smoke and saw the tree…

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  13. October 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Quite a comical farse, which while humorous is actually sad as well. Thanks for posting and allowing me to read and share my thoughts.

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    • October 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

      I’m glad you liked it, and thanks for reading and commenting.

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  14. October 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Made me laugh. And it made me imagine the tree taking vengeance of some kind–like prompting a bird in its branches to relieve itself on their heads 🙂

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    • October 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Ha, yes! That’ll teach them to go around kicking faerie trees 🙂

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  15. October 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Ha, ha. It happens. Perhaps the faeries are choosy. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • October 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Yes! Quite why they assumed that just because it wouldn’t let them in it wasn’t a genuine faerie tree, I don’t know 🙂

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  16. October 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Choosey faeries indeed.

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  17. October 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Dear Ali,

    My guess is that they found more ‘magic’ at the pub. 😉 Or maybe the tree held out on them because it didn’t like being kicked.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • October 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Probably both 🙂 They don’t seem worthy.
      Ali

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  18. October 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    A sensible thing to do. Mine’s a pint guys!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • October 20, 2017 at 6:53 am

      The pub’s the best place for them!

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  19. October 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Haha! Bummer.

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    • October 20, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Yep! Though the pub’s probably a better option than wandering around faerie land 🙂

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  20. October 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    To the pubbe, for some magyckal beere!!! 😀

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  21. October 20, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Well, they gave it a good try. When magic doesn’t work, the pub is an excellent next option.

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  22. October 20, 2017 at 4:10 am

    i think they should have been more patient. then again, it probably saved them from harm. 🙂

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    • October 20, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Yes, I don’t think they were cut out for meeting the faerie folk 🙂

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  23. October 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    The faeries locked the portal, obviously!

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    • October 21, 2017 at 5:29 am

      Yes. And closed the curtains and switched off the lights until the pesky humans go away 🙂

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  24. October 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Does the tree grow on the Craggy Island? Sounds like Father Jack sneaked out of the house in the dark 😉

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  25. October 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Oh, my, those two could have found themselves in deep trouble with the faeries. (No on dares to mess with the elf abodes on Iceland for fear of reprisal.) Perhaps their beer will turn into something quite nasty… Love the way you completely changed the mood of your story in those last few lines! 🙂

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    • October 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks, I went to a lot of trouble trying to squeeze an air of mystery into the first 80 words or so.
      If they drink enough of the beer, they won’t care if it’s nasty or not 🙂

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  26. October 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I thought they had been coming from the pub! 😀

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  27. October 23, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Ha! Ha! So they headed yeast instead. A pub is great place to start.

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    • October 23, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Hee! When in doubt, head to the pub.

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  28. October 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Well told, Ali! those two must have read all the Narnia books when they were young. Reality is a cruel beast!:)

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    • October 24, 2017 at 7:11 am

      And they had such high hopes 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  29. October 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I think if they spend enough time at the pub they will be able to spot all the faeries they want.

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    • October 24, 2017 at 7:12 am

      It can be their consolation prize.

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  30. October 24, 2017 at 3:01 am

    That tree is no dummy!

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  31. October 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Bloody love this!! 😂

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    • October 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      I’m glad 🙂 Just a pair of your average portal-hopping wannabes…

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